My first winter back in Minnesota was spent with my godmother’s family since I didn’t have enough time off from my part time job to go up North to see mine. For gifts, I was given a winter survival kit that included Scrabble, Cribbage, and a puzzle. In other words, indoor things to do. Of all of the things that I have feared about being a parent in Minnesota, one of the ones that tops my list is winter. It isn’t that I don’t like getting out to do stuff, I do, it is just that well no amount of bundling up really works during minus 30 not including the windchill.
There are plenty of fun indoor things to do with a preschooler that are calm, and mellow, like painting and drawing, but so very few that actually involve physical activity. Which is why we took up running through the skyways on the way to daycare for a few years. Fortunately the security guards never noticed much. This year we have something new to try.
My fascination with Just Dance started when I watched the awesome ladies from Mama Pop and Cool Mom Picks in their little dance off at BlogHer. It looked fun, even for a dancing challenged person like me. Unfortunately I was too miserably sick to really be able to try it out myself. I’ve been waiting patiently though for winter, when I could buy it for myself. Which is why, of course, that I jumped at a chance to review a copy of Just Dance Kids when the awesome ladies of Clever Girls Collective offered. Dancing for the snow bound kid, what an awesome idea.
Our copy arrived last Friday, just in time for a nice ice storm this weekend. There was only one slight hitch in my plan. M has never used the Wii. In fact, her exposure to video games and computers so far is limited. We sort of figured that with parents who work in IT, she would have plenty of time to be exposed, we didn’t need to rush it. The first time I got out the game, she was terrified, and only wanted to watch. Which meant I got to try it out and prove just how bad of a dancer I am. It took me a song, but I got the hang of it. I even managed to work up a sweat.
We let M try out some Wii Sports games, since she had seen us play them before, and by Sunday she was willing to try dancing again. The good news is that you don’t need to be awesome to score points. Really, you just need to jump around to score some. So it was easy to get her excited enough about Wiggles & Yo Gabba Gabba songs enough to jump around and score some points. Which totally covers my whole need for her to get some activity in even when it is cold. At three, the coordination and understanding of how the controller impacts the game can come later, so the game will grow with her. It has absolutely met my expectations.
Now for the good part. Want your own copy to entertain through the nasty weather? I’m giving away a copy of the Just Dance Kids just in time for some holiday related bad weather.
- Leave a comment here telling me what your favorite bad weather activity is.
- For an extra entry, tweet about the contest (including a link back) and leave a comment here linking to your tweet.
Entries through November 27th at Midnight. I will pick the winner via random.org.
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